Found throughout Florida, the southern states and around the Gulf of Mexico, the American Alligator is one of the most fascinating creatures found in the US.
An apex predator, they are powerful and efficient hunters, yet unlike crocodiles, they rarely attack humans and are considered relatively docile if left unprovoked.
American Alligators are so numerous that Alligator farming for their hides and meat has become a big business. Sadly, the only other Alligators in the world – the Chinese Alligator – is listed as critically endangered with fewer than 1,000 left in the wild.
Most people equate the American Alligator with the Everglades and swampy areas of Florida.